Fast Food Review: Double Stack from Wendy’s

I feel compelled to give the chickens of the world a break.  It seems as though chicken has dominated the posts lately.  Time for a good, old- fashioned value menu burger review.  Add this to the line of the ever-shrinking burgers at Wendy’s, I present to you, the Double Stack.

No need to splurge on fancy new packaging to hold this beast intact.  A simple regular hamburger wrapper will suffice.  Yes, it's that small.

No need to splurge on fancy new packaging to hold this beast intact. A simple regular hamburger wrapper will suffice. Yes, it's that small.

As a kid, I remember getting a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and thinking it was the greatest fast food burger ever.  I was smaller then and the 99cent burger was the perfect size for me.  As I grew up, it continued to be a favorite of mine and still got the job done, but usually in double doses.  Then a few years back the burger shrank! It would now take 3 Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers to fill the spot that 2 would in the past.  It was truly a “Where’s the Beef?” moment for me.  I gave it up altogether.  I felt as though corners were being cut at epic levels at Wendy’s and I found the value menu to lose it’s…well, value.  Actually, isn’t it called the Super Value Menu now?  No more Biggie/Super Biggie right?  I get confused by the different value menu names there are for each place.  Anyways, this “Super Value Menu” really became anything but super.  With the introduction of the Double Stack value menu burger, I was enticed by what I saw.  A rival to the $1.00 (at the time) McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, but with the Wendy’s taste that I prefer. Boy was I in for a shock when I actually encountered the Double Stack for the first time.

Double Stack from Wendy's

The Double Stack is 2 burger patties, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles and onions on a regular soft bun. Sounds good and I’ll admit, it tastes pretty good too, but the burger patties are laughably small.  It almost seems to be some kind of joke.  Apparently, each square patty is 1.78oz so doubled up you’ve come up just shy of a quarter pound of beef.  I must be out of it because it just doesn’t seem to be the case.  Maybe the 1.78oz per patty is the pre-cooked weight, and when it’s cooked it shrinks to even more pathetic levels.  Whatever the weight, just don’t be fooled by the pictures.  It’s just a step above a mini burger in my opinion.  I know what you might be thinking…’but it’s a value menu item, how big do you expect it to be?’  Well you’re right, I never had HUGE expectations for this thing but it is rather shocking upon a first encounter.  Although I must say, my previous love affair with the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger crashed much harder after it went on a trip to fat camp and came back a lot smaller.  I guess the smaller value burger patties wouldn’t bug me so much if not for the fact that I always hear it advertised as a 99cent item, yet I can never seem to find it for less than $1.49. I guess I’m just being nitpicky but I’m obviously still disgruntled by the new, slimmer version of my old fave the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.  I need to let it go.  Times are changing and value menus are changing.  Time to accept it.

Double Stack from Wendy's (under the bun)

All my gripes about the ‘incredible shrinking burger’ are surely at the forefront of my current hostility.  A big positive is that the classic Wendy’s taste, I am happy to report, is still there.  I’m a fan of the burgers at Wendy’s and I applaud that I am rarely disappointed by the freshness of the condiments I get with the burgers. Maybe this is all just a backwards way of Wendy’s telling me to stop being such a glutton and learn to enjoy smaller portions…there I go again.  I can’t get over it.

Double Stack from Wendy's (open)

Pros: Has the classic Wendy's taste that I like. Fresh condiments. Nice soft bun.

Cons: Deceptively small.

Taste: 8.25/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $0.99 (I seem to always pay $1.49 and that alters my score lower)

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10

More Info: Wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 360
Total Fat - 18 grams
Saturated Fat - 8 grams
Carbs - 26 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 810 milligrams
Sugars - 6 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Protein - 23 grams

34 comments on “Fast Food Review: Double Stack from Wendy’s

  1. Alex says:

    I don’t think complaining about shrinking food is a complex or something you need to get over. If people are getting less food for the same “value” (perhaps price would be a better word now…) then it IS something to complain about. I realize that food prices are going up, but sometimes I think people would rather pay 10 or 15 cents more–if the places were honest about the price increase–for the same amount of food as opposed to paying the same price they always have for less, especially since the shrinkage comes with a dose of secrecy and/or, if that’s too strong of a word, dishonestly to go with it.

  2. Dan says:

    I love the taste of this burger. It is actually the right size for most seeing as the calories are about the same as a lean cuisine meal. Add a baked potato and a diet coke and your set.

    • wayne says:

      Where can a senior get a burger, baked potato and a drink today for two dollars and sixteen cents other then Wendys ? The price is right for what you get.

  3. Adam says:

    When I was a kid I never ate hamburgers at McDonalds or Burger King. The only pace I would eat a burger from was Wendy’s. Good to see they still “got it” as far as taste goes. As far as size in concerned I don’t know what people expect; it’s cheap after all. There are plenty of roadfoody ‘burger joints’ offering up 1.5-2 oz. patties that get smashed and dashed all accross a gridle, and they get called classic American icons…

    Not trying to say Wendy’s can match those places in terms of taste (which is where it counts, obviously) but when it comes to fast food let’s just understand the natural limitations of economic sense (or is that cents?)

  4. Ryan says:

    Honestly…I’m a fan of the Wendy’s burger taste. I think I’m just bothered by the inconsistency in price. If I could truly find this for 99cents I wouldn’t go on and on about the fact that the burger patties are now smaller. If I go by a McDonald’s value menu, I expect to pay $1.00 for 4 nuggets and $1.00 for a McDouble…with Wendy’s, I don’t know what I might encounter anymore. So really, the Double Stack is getting some shrapnel from my attack upon the “Super Value” menu. Oh, and yeah I’m still bitter about the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger becoming the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Junior. Times change…but how is it that Taco Bell’s Value menu seems to be improving so much and others are cutting back? Taco Bell doesn’t have much competition when it comes to Americanized Mexican fast food and they still retain a really good value on the value menu. Wendy’s, BK, McDonald’s are duking it out for “Burger Supremacy” and I thought that competition was good for the consumer. Maybe I shouldn’t have skipped so many economics classes…

  5. Maybe in short order here it’ll become a slider 😛

    They’re just going a different route than BK and JITB, rather than just introduce a “mini burger”, they sneak one up on you.

  6. Yum Yucky says:

    Why oh why did you post this ?!? Now I want to try it. It looks really good. Wendy’s is just about the only fast food burger joint I find half acceptable.

  7. Adam says:

    I miss Dave…

  8. Dan says:

    I might add that I think the DQ sweet deals menu is cool.

  9. rob says:

    As the products get smaller I just buy more of them.

  10. Bryan says:

    I used to tell my friends about the Burger Shrinkage issue not just for Wendy’s, but all chains, and they would laugh. They said it was all in my head, that I was bigger now and that was the reason things seemed smaller. Seeing as I’m about the same height and weight as I was 15 yrs ago, I didn’t get that argument… but anyway have been meaning to swing by Wendy’s one of these days and give it another try. You’re going to laugh but i used to like the wannabe “pasta bar” in high school- I dunno if anyone remembers that. =)

  11. Adam Bomb says:

    I’d pay a buck for that burger, but not $1.49. I, too, am a big fan of the Jr. Bacon from Wendy’s, and I usually find myself ordering two as a meal. True enough, they’re small. But dammit, they taste so good!

  12. rob says:

    Yeah I remember when pasta bars were all the rage, I didn’t know what the heck “pasta” was until someone explained it was spaghetti and stuff like that.

  13. Raiders757 says:

    Damn, I’m suddenly feeling old.I remember when Wendy’s didn’t have a value menu, Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers, or double stacks. I used to enjoy them for the old newspaper adds they had on their tables, and thought it was neat that their burgers were square.

    What we know as the “classic Wendy’s taste” was lost a very long time ago and replaced sometime around the time they got rid of those tables. Wendy’s is still good on a fast food level, but back when I was young, they were a lot better. something has been different about them over the past two decades.

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  15. Josh says:

    I went there last night, and was a little bummed that they are 1.49, no where in the area sells them for .99 cents, when I was in college Wendy’s had the triple stack for 1.49 I believe, those were fun times, in fact the Wendy’s super value meal has nothing for .99 cents anymore, at least around here, and yes the burgers are getting smaller and we are paying more…something just isn’t right

  16. Adam Bomb says:

    @Raiders757

    I remember those old tables! I was just a wee lad when they had those.

    • Ryan says:

      @Adam Bomb and Raiders757…Yeah I definitely remember those tables too…late 80s, early 90s is probably my earliest memory of them.

  17. drpep says:

    I like this burger when I can find it for .99c. Not to long ago area Wendys were selling this for $1.39 and you had to ask for it, it was not on the menu board or any point of sales material. Last time in Wendys I broke down and bought a #1, single combo, for the first time in over a year, so I did not bother looking for the Double Stack.

  18. Ryan says:

    @ Josh…Yeah it’s hard to imagine the Super Value Menu without a bunch of 99cent items. The 5 nuggets were 99cents for a long time…$1.39 last time I checked. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich I had (during the same visit as the the Double Stack pickup) was actually 99cents and pretty good.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grubgrade/3444453964/ (my 99cent Crispy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s)

    @ drpep…That is a perfect example of the inconsistency that I’m talking about right there…$1.39 and you had to ask for it? Not on the menu board? Seems like an easy fix but since it remains deceptive, it’s probably intentional.

  19. April says:

    i know the precise moment when wendy’s started gouging their prices. remember that lady that claimed to have found a finger in her chili and filed a lawsuit against wendy’s because of it? well it hurt wendy’s badly. it’s especially sad because it turned out that that lady has cut off her dead aunt’s finger and placed it in the chili herself. hope she has a special date with karma soon.

  20. drpep says:

    Because of this post I went to Wendy’s today for lunch. As I posted above the Double Stack is still not on the menu and costs $1.39. I ordered the $1 chicken sandwich instead. They lost out. If I had been able to get the Double Stack for .99c I would have bought my fries and drink off the regular menu instead of the value menu.

  21. Raiders757 says:

    @ Adam bomb & Ryan

    In my area, those tables were gone by the time the 90’s rolled around. somehow a friend of mine got hold of one, and has it in his room. I still get a kick out it for some reason. Nostalgia I guess.

  22. Ryan says:

    @Raiders757…That is pretty sweet. Now that I think of it, my first memories of Wendy’s included those tables…also the first time I ever heard of Ansel Adams….that was the artwork littered on the walls.

  23. PukOrNoPuk says:

    No Offence but Wendy’s is a waste of time now. There burgers are so expensive, Especially the baconator. And what they have for cheap are a rip off. When I bought the JR.Bacon cheeseburger and took a bite, i tasted the bun and lettuce only. I had to start buying multiple amounts and stackng them. The Double Stack is a really good burger with nice taste and the perfect amount of sauce.

    Jr.Bacon Cheeseburger
    Price:No Puk
    Taste:Puk

    Double Stack
    Price:No Puk
    Taste:Gagged ( From Scale 1-5 about 3-4)

    Now i have realized Taco Bell is way better. They dont even have a dollar menu, alot of there stuff is 89 cents. The Cheesy Double Beef Burrito is the right size and two of those and 3 or 5 layer nachos and a small drink all for less than $3.80 fills me to my max capacity.

    Taco Bell
    Price:No Puk
    Taste:No Puk

    GO TO TACO BELL PEOPLE!

  24. Gary says:

    The best deal out there is the Wendy’s Triple Stack. It’s one more patty and is just $1.99. It comes with cheese and you can also get lettuce and tomato for no extra charge!

    With three 1.78oz patties, You get a 1/3 pound cheeseburger for under 2 bucks! What a deal!

  25. Stroik says:

    I really like the doublestack on occasion. Crispy chicken sandwich + doublestack = more calories than I should be eating, but tasty and filling at only 2 bucks and change together.

    I’m actually glad that portions are getting smaller instead of increasing the size and cost of the value menu. Instead of being chunky lardbutts, maybe the rest of you complaining about how small the burgers are should start eating meals that are of the appropriate size.

    I’ve lost 100 pounds since my fatass days, and I did it by getting my stomach accomodated to ACTUAL healthy portion sizes. I still eat fast food, pizza, and whatever I want, but I eat them using portion control and moderation and I don’t feel hungry – I like that I can make something like the doublestack a part of my regular diet cause it only has 360 calories or so.

    All in all, a great bargain at .99 cents, like my wendys have them at. I wouldn’t pay 1.49 tho…

  26. DoubleStakk says:

    Double stacks are the single most delicious food item known to humankind. My solitary wish in life is that my stomach could grow to accommodate four or five instead of just three.

  27. Steve says:

    White Castle FTW

  28. Shannon says:

    I have to admit that I am a fan of the Wendy’s doublestack. It is one of the best deals offered at a fast food restaurant. In my neighborhood, it actually is 99 cents, but when I venture out to any other neighborhood, I never know how much I will have to pay for one. I went to one Wendy’s and they asked me for $1.79 . The shrinkage doesn’t bother me, because like most Americans I know that I can stand to lose a few pounds. More than likely the author of the post is some young, slim, active person. I know that it may not be right to charge someone the same price for less product, but I happen to know that the practice is common. A while back when milk prices were soaring, I remember seeing a piece on the news that told about the fact that in an effort to not have to charge the consumer more for the same amount of product and potentially lose or upset customers, some companies simply cut back the size of their items unbeknownst to consumers. Also, 4 piece nuggets here are not $1.

  29. Roach says:

    How in the world is the double stack like a jr. bacon cheeseburger? by replacing burger with patty? try again. Try and remember the one dollar double cheeseburger. Alot of stores had them. The double stack (or Mc Double for that matter) is a rip off. who thinks its right to pay a dollar for less than what was used to be sold? I remember the release of these pathetic burgers. They took the original double (with two slices of cheese) and added “classic” to the name to sell it for 30 cents over original price. Look at Burger King. After Wendys and McDonalds did this, they came out with a double cheeseburger for a dollar. And then came one slice of cheese on it, and the original double eventually dissappeared. Now it makes more since to buy the expensive food in the hopes of getting some kind of value for your buck.

  30. Bryan says:

    Nomally, I like wendys, here in Newmarket Ontario, but today I forgot my lunch at home and had to grab a quick bite out, so i choose a Wendys near work. OMG Salt and Sauce – i go for the # 5 griled chicken, which should be almost healthy – but shit they put like so much sauce on this I had to scrape it off, and the salt on the fries made them un-edible.
    Thats the Wendys at 14th Avenue and Woodbine, Markham, Ontario – stay away unless you are a lard ass and like being that way

  31. Robby says:

    Well, if you’re paying $1.50 for $1 burgers, and you get 3 whereas you only used to get 2, that means you used to have to drop $3 but you now have to drop $4.50. But if you live in a place where they sell for $1, like me, then the cost of 3 burgers is just $3.